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to come out with some type of his own statement about where he wants to go with the nsa controversy and the transparency going on with its oversight. >> yes, thomas. we've been working our sources within the administration and on capitol hill. we have a bit of a picture of what the president plans to do. he can go on offense, anticipating, i'm sure, about the nsa leaks and the programs that the intelligence community has been undertaking to collect data and so forth. by going on offense, the president is expected to announce that he has plans to take steps to make reforms to some of those programs. with the intention of bringing greater transparency and to build more public confidence. these will be new steps, and he will lay them out in the specifics, but that's the overarching idea, how to create more confidence when there have been so many questions in the public about what these programs can do, the scope of them, the magnitude, and how to bring about more transparency. what could be declassified? we've seen steps toward that already with some of the details of these programs no
the fun way, from phillips'. >>> new this morning, a top official is pushing back against a report the nsa frequently violated privacy rules after the "washington post" published documents released by edward snowden saying the nsa overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since congress granted it broad new powers in 2008. the number was extremely low compared with overall activities. they are vowing more oversight. joining me now is ed o'keefe and wanda summers. public affairs and media affairs releasing this statement. nsa's foreign collection activities are continually audited and overseen internally and externally. when nsa makes a mistake, the agency reports the issue internally and to federal overseers and aggressively gets to the bottom of it. nancy pelosi calls this extremely disturbing. ed, you cover congress. what are you hearing from reactions? >> nancy pelosi and dianne feinstein, the type of people who would know what's going on because they serve on the intelligence committee. she has been on the intelligence committee for years and has been receiving them
got there. telling us what exactly the nsa does might be a nice next step, you guys. >>> good tuesday morning. right now on "first look," the west continues to be a tinderbox as crews battle on. >>> caroline kennedy's personal financial records released for the first time. >>> james dimaggio leaves life insurance money to hannah anderson's family. >>> legendary dick vandyke survives an accident. prince will criminal dwush william gushes about baby george. david beckham gets back to business and the marine gets the ncaa to bend. >>> good morning. i'm mara schiavocampo. we start in the west where it's man versus nature. firefighters report some progress in that massive growing wildfire in central idaho. the flames are threatening at least three communities, forcing thousands to flee. jay gray reports from near the fire line in haley, idaho. >> reporter: the fight against the beaver creek wildfire continues for a 13th day this morning in the idaho mountains. the massive blaze fanning out in several directions right now, pushed by strong winds and with no shortage of dried out brush for f
surveillance programs. plan that the president said was in the works before edward snowden leaked secret nsa documents to the press. >> there's no doubt that mr. snowden's leaks triggered a much more rapid and passionate response. i actually think we would have gotten to the same place and we would have done so without putting at risk our national security. >> nbc's kristen welker is live at martha's vineyard where the president is expected to arrive shortly. kristen, good to see you. >> reporter: good to see you, too, craig. >> what can we expect from president obama after his vacation? >> reporter: well, craig, i think you're going to hear a lot more about the nsa, as you heard the president say and as you just mentioned. he mapped out sort of his strategy moving forward, announced the fact that there need to be steps taken to enhance transparency of that controversial surveillance program. so he really started to enumerate what he wants to see happen, yesterday during that news conference, take a look at some of what he mapped out. working with congress to reform the nsa program that coll
. so you can. >>> the father of nsa leaker edward snowden says he's not saying when he will visit russia. edward snowden has been charged in federal court with violations of the espionage act. >>> new articles gifl giving a fresh perspective of the march in washington for jobs and freedom at the height of the civil rights movement. the saturday evening post covered civil rights extensively in the '50s and '60s and has released a column called "it's our country, too" and it's about how the march actually began a full 22 years earlier with the protests that were planned but never actually happened. joining me now is jeff neilson as well as james peterson, professor of studies at lehigh university and an msnbc contributor. gentlemen, good to have you both here. thank you for joining us. >> thank you, alex. >> jeff, the retrospective article includes the discussion with walter white. what happened there? talk about what happened all the way back to 1940 and people have to remember what time this was. this was a full year before pearl harbor, a much different time. >> that's right. at
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